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COVID-19 cases continue to drop

Marshall County’s reported COVID-19 cases get lower and lower. 

Even with a testing site reported coronavirus cases have decreased this week to one of the lowest increases since Marshall County’s first reported case. 

This week saw an increase of 3 percent in reported positive cases with 884 cases reported last Thursday to 911 reported cases this week. Overall there were 27 new cases of COVID-19 reported.

At least 580 Iowans have died from COVID-19 and 18 of those deaths were residents of Marshall County – which is an increase of 16 percent from last week. 

According to the Iowa Department of Health data in Iowa, 59 percent of the reported cases of COVID-19 have been Caucasian people, 9 percent have been Asian, 11 percent have African American and 27 percent have been Latino. 

More men than women have reportedly been infected with 51 percent of the cases being male and 47 percent being female. 

People between the ages of 18 and 40 made up the majority of confirmed cases with 43 percent, people between the ages of 41 and 60 made up 35 percent, people between the ages 61 and 80 make up 13 percent, people over 81 make 5 percent and 4 percent have been under 18. 

Businesses and local governments are asking residents to continue to wear masks in public and practice social distancing. Oftentimes people without symptoms can still pass on COVID-19. 

Overall Iowa’s cases have steadily increased as the state starts to open up businesses. Iowa’s cases have increased by 12 percent. Last week ended with 18,573 confirmed cases and this week comes to a close with 20,790 cases. There were 2,217 new cases reported in Iowa.

Every week since the middle of May cases per week in Marshall County and Iowa have slowly decreased.

Marshall County has the fifth highest number of COVID-19 confirmed cases. In front are Polk with 3,928, Woodbury with 2,671, Black Hawk with 1,723 and Linn with 909.

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Contact Thomas Nelson at tnelson@timesrepublican.com

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